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ChesterfieldNickname The Spireites
Web Site www.chesterfield-fc.co.uk
Stadium Recreation Ground
There is some disagreement as to when Chesterfield Football Club was originally founded but the clubs history began in the 1860's. There were four teams accredited to be playing in the early years and their histories are intertwined as some folded and were reformed and some took on the name of predecessors etc. However, origins can be traced to Chesterfield Cricket Club who formed a football team to play during the winter months.
During the First World War a restaurant owner formed a new Chesterfield Town Football club. However, this was disbanded by the FA in 1917 as they had been making illegal payments.
In 1919 Chesterfield Borough Council formed Chesterfield Municipal Football Club. This was because, after the First World War, the town had no football club to note. The following year the club changed its name to Chesterfield Football club as the council wanted it to be run independently. This club has continued until the present day. They take there nickname 'The Spireites' from the famous crooked spire on St Marys and All Saints Parish Church in the town.
In 1921 Chesterfield joined the Football League and played in the Third Division (North). They remained in this division for 11 years before being promoted to the Second Division.
Chesterfield have never won a major trophy or played in the top flight. The highest finishing position has been fourth in the second tier. In 1997 Chesterfield reached the semi-final of the FA Cup and played Middlesbrough. They had a hard fought 3-3 draw which was dogged by controversy. A Chesterfield goal was disallowed as the referee judged that the ball had not crossed the line. Television replays showed the goal should have stood. Chesterfield went on to lose the replay so failed, by the narrowest of margins, to be the first third tier team to reach the FA Cup Final.
In the early eighties Chesterfield had serious financial problems and were in danger of going out of business. In 1983 two local business men stepped in to save the club from closure and appointed John Duncan as Manager. At the time Chesterfield were in the bottom league but things soon turned around. In 1985 they were promoted to the third tier after they were crowned champions of Division Four. In the ensuing years boardroom problems overshadowed the teams performance and little money was available to strengthen the squad. John Duncan left in 1987 and was replaced by a series of unsuccessful managers. The club was now poorly supported and, in 1989, suffered relegation back to the basement.
John Duncan was reappointed in 1993 and two years later, the club was once more promoted. Chesterfield went on to stay in the third tier for seven years until a disastrous 21 game run without a win saw them relegated once more. Duncan was sacked and Darren Brown's UK Sports Group acquired the club. The following season Chesterfield were promoted once more but Boardroom problems persisted. Hundreds of thousands of pounds had gone missing and in 2004 Brown went to prison for fraud. In the meantime, the Chesterfield Football Supporters Society had taken over the club in the hope of taking things forward.
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